As regular readers will know, I'm a huge fan of the science fiction of Robert A. Heinlein, otherwise known as The Master (with two capital letters).
One of his more interesting and engaging books was 'Glory Road', a combination science fiction and fantasy work first published in 1963.
The hero, Oscar Gordon, finds himself in need of a sword.
"... and [I] found there the blade that suited me the way Excalibur suited Arthur.
I've never seen one quite like it, so I don't know what to call it. A saber, I suppose, as the blade was faintly curved and razor sharp on the edge and sharp rather far on the back. But it had a point as deadly as a rapier and the curve was not enough to keep it from being used for thrust and counter quite as well as chopping away meat-axe style. The guard was a bell curved back around the knuckles into a semi-basket but cut away enough to permit full moulinet from any guard.
It balanced in the forte less than two inches from the guard, yet the blade was heavy enough to chop bone. It was the sort of sword that feels like an extension of your body.
The grip was honest sharkskin, molded to my hand. There was a motto chased on to the blade but it was so buried in curlicues that I did not take time to study it out. This girl was mine, we fitted! I returned it and buckled belt and scabbard to my bare waist, wanting the touch of it and feeling like Captain John Carter, and the Gascon and his three friends all in one.
. . .
I drew my sword and glanced along it, feeling its exquisite balance while noting again the faint ripples left by the feather-soft hammerblows of some master swordsmith. I tossed it and caught it by the forte. "Read the motto, Star."
She traced it out. "Dum vivimus, vivamus! -- 'While we live, let us live!' "
-- Glory Road, Robert Heinlein
To my mingled joy and lustful desire, I find that Albion Swords has produced a reproduction of Oscar Gordon's sword, the Lady Vivamus.
This is the only official Lady Vivamus, endorsed by the Heinlein Prize Trust, in a limited edition of 100 swords, based on the sword described in the Robert Heinlein classic, Glory Road.
Similar to a military or fencing sabre and suitable for both thrust and heavy cutting, the slightly curved, hollow-ground blade comes to a rapier-like point, and is sharp 10" along the back edge.
Specifications for Lady Vivamus:
Overall length: 42" (106 cm)
Blade length: 35.25" (89.5 cm)
Blade width (at bell): 1.375"
CoB: 3.75" from Guard (9.53 cm)
CoP: 23" from Guard (58.4 cm)
Weight: 2.75 lbs (1.25 kilos)
There's more at the link, including many more photographs of the sword, some showing it in detail.
The sword costs $3,000, and a matching scabbard will set you back another $1,000, so there's no way on earth I can afford it . . . but boy, would I like to have one! It looks like a true fighting man's weapon, to be appreciated as such. (It seems others share my high opinion of it.)
(And no, I'm not being paid to advertise for Albion Swords: I just like craftsmanship when I see it, and the literary association of this particular sword is almost irresistible to me!)